Gold statues don’t often come in the guise of a bikini-clad pop icon, but artist Marc Quinn begs to differ. The popular sculptor created twin life-size Pamela Anderson statues out of polished bronze for his controversial new exhibit that showcases people ‘who have transformed their outward appearance to match how they are feeling inside’, according to the UK’s Coventry Telegraph. The Baywatch beauty and recent Dancing with the Stars cast-off told The Guardian that she loves Quinn and his work, “I didn’t even ask what he wanted to do with me. I would have done anything.” (insert inappropriate snickering here…) Of his inspiration, Quinn said, “What Pamela has done is use surgery and transformation within the mainstream cultural context, whereas everyone else in the show has struck out on their own.” Two large Michael Jackson heads are also on display – one white, one black – as are statues of porn stars and the ‘woman turned man who gave birth to a baby’ dude. Quinn is also known for his 2008 solid gold statue of Kate Moss in a contorted yoga pose called ‘Sphinx’ worth $2.6 million (click here for more on that little ditty). What do you think the Pamela statue will go for, and who do you think would buy it? (Tommy Lee? Kid Rock? Siegfried? Roy?) Weigh in!
Move over Rue McClanahan, there’s a new Golden Girl in town. The UK’s Independent reports that a 110-pound, solid gold statue entitled ‘Siren’ will debut at the renown British Museum on October 4th. The subject? Kate. Moss. And we thought gold chocolate, gold facials, and gold doggy beds were a little wacky.
The runway’s golden girl is the muse of artist, Marc Quinn, who created a solid gold replica of the supermodel in some kind of yoga pose. The piece is worth $2.8 million and is thought to be the world’s largest gold statue since the time of ancient Egypt. Leave it to Kate to give Cleopatra a run for her money.
“I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who’s the ideal beauty of the moment,” Quinn said of his creation. “But even Kate Moss doesn’t live up to the image.” Tell us about it. Ms. Moss has thankfully not been in the headlines much since splitting with troubled rocker, Pete Doherty, but the image of her snorting that “white powdered substance” is perhaps the most lasting one to date.
The museum released only a close-up pic of the statue as a teaser, so we’re not sure what yoga pose dear Kate is immortalized in. Our money’s on Child’s Pose.